Key Strategies for ELA

Here are some key strategies for supporting ELA students with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for literacy at home.

 

Read

  • Keep track of what your child is reading. 
  • Read the books he/she is reading so you can discuss them together.
  • Read the paper with your child.
  • Read the texts required in their classes, including novels, articles, and textbooks.
  • Know your child’s reading lexile number (ask ELA teacher for his/her most recent SRI score)
  • Go to www.lexile.com and read about lexiles (a lexile is a score that measures students’ reading ability). Then type in the title of your student’s book in the “Quick Book Search” at the top right corner of the page to find out the lexile number of your student’s independent reading book.
  • The new CCSS grade level lexile ranges are reflected in the “Stretch Lexile Band” as follows:

 

Grade
Band

Current
Lexile Band

“Stretch”
Lexile Band*

 K–1

 N/A

N/A

 2–3

 450L–725L

420L–820L

 4–5

 645L–845L

740L–1010L

 6–8

860L–1010L

925L–1185L

9-10

960L–1115L

1050L–1335L

11–CCR

 1070L–1220L

1185L–1385L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TV/Media

Stop TV show and ask your student questions: [Steph – might be a typo here. Can you revise?] What do you think is going to happen next? Why do you think she did that? Who do you think committed the crime? Why?

 

Debate

  • Have oral arguments in which you ask your child to justify his or her answer.
  • Ask your student to back up his/her opinions with reasoning and evidence.
  • Have your child research evidence for his/her arguments.
  • Push student to speak in complete sentences at home.

 

Write

  • Read your child’s writing.
  • Proofread your student’s writing at home – help student be aware of what needs to be changed, but do not change it for him or her.
  • Have him/her rewrite arguments with evidence and reasoning.
  • Push your student to learn how to type and print out work.